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Coolidge hopes high for varsity championship

(Published February 22, 1999)

Tuesday’s senior high DCIAA matchups close out the regular varsity basketball season, as top-seeded Spingarn, Woodson, Dunbar and Coolidge prepare to host the first round of playoff games March 1, with the girls and boys season finale championships scheduled for March 5 at Coolidge.

The Colts – who will host second round, consolation and championship play this year – have high hopes they can erase the memory of last year’s disappointing double loss in both the boys and girls final round.

Coach McClinton Brown’s Coolidge girls, undefeated in league play at 10-0 and sitting atop the West Division, head into tournament play fresh off their 10th straight victory to close out their regular season Feb. 19. The Colts handed the Cardozo Clerks a lopsided 93-25 defeat in that game, in which Coolidge’s Shalanya Johnson became her school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,313 points.

Meanwhile, Coach Willie Sanders’ Coolidge boys head into the playoffs at 10-2 in league play, needing to get past Dunbar’s Crimson Tide and Spingarn’s Green Wave – both leading their divisions with undefeated league records – if they hope to reach this year’s championship contest.

The Anacostia Indians, DCIAA boys varsity’s reigning champions still have a shot at repeating this year, as do the reigning DCIAA girls varsity champion Woodson Warriors.

First-round games get underway at 4:30 p.m. March 1, with the boys contests following the girls games in each round of play. Second-round play starts at 3:30 p.m. March 3, while the championship games begin at 4:30 p.m. March 5. The traditional consolation matchups will begin at 4:30 p.m. March 4.

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